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ICU to ICU transfers: what is your policy?

Gross, Ronald Ronald.Gross at baystatehealth.org
Mon Apr 2 11:52:17 BST 2012

I agree completely.

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From: trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org [mailto:trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org] On Behalf Of Krin135 at aol.com
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2012 2:53 PM
To: trauma-list at trauma.org
Subject: Re: ICU to ICU transfers: what is your policy?

my take? (bear in mind that while I've got a lot of time in the ICU and ED, 
 I am not a trauma surgeon by any means)
A trauma patient who is transferred from a trauma center ICU to a non  
trauma center ICU *IS* being transferred to a lower level of care.
If they are still sick enough to still need the ICU, then the trauma  
surgeons ain't done with the patient.
In a message dated 04/01/12 13:31:36 Central Daylight Time,  
cmursic at gmail.com writes:

Thanks  for all of the comments.

I am *not* referring to transfer to a lower  level of care in the sense that
a patient is in ICU and you want to  transfer to floor bed somewhere else.
Rather, I am referring to an *ICU to  ICU transfer*, when the sending ICU is
in a trauma center and the receiving  ICU is in a non- trauma center.

How do you all feel about  that?

Personally, I think those types of transfers should be very  seldom and
rare, and certainly not based on  economics.

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